Captain Cornelius Harrington
Name Cornelius Michael Harrington III
Position Game Command Division (CO, XO)
|Physical Description||Height: 5'7''
Hair Color: Brown, hints of grey
Eye Color: Blue
Physical Description: Standing at barely five feet, seven inches Neil is considered small stature for a human. While his physical stature doesn’t necessarily give of a commanding present, his demeanor and mannerisms do. His light blue eyes and slight features have given him an almost youthful quality, which has often caused him to be mistaken for a younger man, rather than a man who is in his forties.
Perhaps the only real tell to Neil’s age is his hair, as hints of grey have started to creep in. Once people look past the exterior features it is clear in his eyes that the man has seen a lot throughout his life. Neil used to speak with a slight English accent, however that has severely dimmed over the years. Only those who are truly paying attention would pick it up, as he tends to speak with more of a West Coast accent.
While on duty, Neil tends to wear Star Fleet’s open variant Duty Uniform style; with rank and comm badge on the jacket rather than his undershirt. Off duty, he is much more casual leaving rank at the door, he tends to wear khaki’s and a shirt.
Lucia Pineda (D)
Adira Toril Harrington - 31 years
Teresita Tess Elizabeth Harrington - 8 years
Ariana "Ari" Harrington - 12 months
Charles "Charlie" Harrington - 12 months
Foster Son: Macrea "Mikky" McKauley - 5 years
Father: Mr. Cornelius Harrington (D)
Mother: Mrs. Joleen Harrington - 67, Earth
Brother(s): Adopted Brother: Capt. Greg Alein - 43, USS Europa Commanding Officer
Sister(s): Adopted Sister: Lieutenant Kaylee Serra 30, USS Copernicus
Grandfather: Sen. Cornelius Harrington, I - 90, Earth
Grandmother: Pamela Louise Harrington - 91, Earth
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Neil is very much a man that most say is at odds with his personality and his career. As a gifted Diplomat, he is a natural speaker and a very outgoing man; however his job has dimmed his larger than life personality. Over the years, Neil has felt himself changing as the stress of the job has started to wear on him and his ability to listen and communicate has become less. He wouldn’t admit it, but he is grateful that he is not in the Diplomatic Corp, any longer.
As his physical prowess is not that imposing, Neil is a very intelligent man who has the ability to use his charm in convincing crew to accomplish any task assigned. As a highly motivational speaker Neil is good with words, as his position would require. On duty the man is direct and demands his crew dedication.
But in turn within his personal life, Neil struggles to communicate. He’s become adapted to people just following his orders and struggles at times to find the balance needed in his home life. He is super-protective of his kids and maintains a strict need to know basis of his children and their information. There are very few people that Neil trusts with the care of his kids.
Ambitions: After his stint in Task Force Command, Neil had no desire to move up the chain any longer. The extra brass on the collar only increases one’s stress levels. That being said, if the situation came up he would deny it; however he would need to give it some serious thought. He is truly happy as a Commanding Officer, it’s allowed for more time with the family.
As to his family, he only wants to be the best father he can be. He’s only recently discovered after the death of his father that he has spent a lifetime trying to make his father proud. Neil is determined at any cost to ensure that he is nothing like his father and provides for his own family in ways that he never received as a family. Neil has maintained very little contact with his family over the years, however, since his father’s death, he knows that limited contact can not continue forever. Secretly, he'd like to repair the relationship with his mother but doesn't know where to start.
Hobbies & Interests: Neil enjoys old earth classical music from around the 1980s and the occasional glass of wine. He is an avid reader, preferring paperback books over the electronic ones of the age. He feels that holding the book in his hands, allows him to feel more of the book’s meaning. Perhaps one of Neil’s strangest hobbies is his collection of old glass bottles; he has them all over his office. Picking them up in his travels, Neil looks for ones that are very unique and seems to tell a story.
Over the years, Neil has developed a love for all things outdoors. He enjoys trips to the holodeck, camping on the beach with his kids, and anything related to the ocean. During his free time, he enjoys allowing the children to run and be free in the holodeck. One of the few things he misses from his childhood is horseback riding. He hopes to somehow work on correcting this, especially as his children get older.
Unknown to many, as an adult, Neil took dancing lessons and, while he isn't perfect, he does enjoy getting out and spending time on the floor if the occasion calls for it. He has a particular love for ballroom dancing and the waltz.
Language(s) Spoken: Federation Standard, Spanish (Fluent) , Klingon (conversational)
|Strengths & Weaknesses||+ Diplomacy – Neil is a skilled speaker, with the heart of a Counselor and the brain of a politician. His years in the Diplomatic Corp has given him the traits needed to not only listen to the needs of others but be able to turn things needs into actions.
+ Loyalty – Neil tends to trust those around him completely. He is dedicated to his staff, and will go to bat for them 10 out of 10 times. If he calls you a friend, he means it.
+ Adaptability - Neil’s work and training in StarFleet has given him the unique ability to be adaptable at a moment’s notice
- Time Management - Neil tends to spread himself too thin, while he trusts those under him he likes to keep his hands in the pot as they say.
- Type A personalities - Neil truly dislikes unreasonable, stubborn people. Super competitive people drive him nuts.
- Personal Life - Over the years, Neil has developed a reputation as being a lady's man. While the rumors are 100% not true, Neil has made no effort to correct his reputation. In fact, he’s been known to say that he doesn’t care what people think about it. He can’t change their opinions.
|Personal History|| Born in May of 2353, Neil was the only child born to Cornelius and Joleen Harrington. From an early age, neither of the Harrington parents were ever able to connect to Neil on an emotional level. A throwback to the old English lifestyle, the Harrington’s were very aristocratic in their behavior and saw children in general as something that needed to be neither heard nor seen. Behind the scenes, things were very different. While many saw a normal family, Neil's father was extremely abusive and took most of his anger out of Neil. From an early age, Neil was raised in the care of Nanny’s or other guardians. As a small child, it was clear to most that Neil had the heart of a listener, very gentle in his interactions with everyone. With encouragement from all the right sources, Neil set dreams for a life in Starfleet; even though his parents strongly disagreed. Neil’s skills as a listener further developed as he progressed in school. Earning several positions in student government, Neil developed a passion for political life. What the young Harrington lacked in physical ability, he made up for in intelligence and political skills.
Graduating from High School as Student Body President all four years Neil’s life seemed to be set in stone. Wanting to work in the far reaches of deep space and get out of the shadow of his parents, Neil knew that Star Fleet would be the vehicle for his career. Neil started his studies at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Political Science, and Diplomacy. After earning his four-year degree, Neil enrolled in Starfleet Academy where he was accepted into an advanced placement program due to his educational background. During his two years at Starfleet Officer training, he learned the basics about ship-life, the Federation, and Starship Operations. He enjoyed expanding his understanding of alien species, specifically applying his unique skills to species both known and unknown. During his Academy life, he made a remark regarding having to wait on shuttles to get around, a friend jokingly suggested he become a pilot so waiting on a shuttle would no longer be an issue. Neil took the man’s comment as a personal challenge and took the required courses in shuttle operations becoming a certified Pilot, before the end of his two years.
Neil’s first assignment was to the busy port of Starbase 226, a hub for commerce and interstellar trade routes, both far and wide. During his tenure aboard the station, he was periodically assigned to the station's support vessel, the Nova class, USS Sierra; while it patrolled the shipping lanes in the sector or rendered assistance to vessels in distress. This additional duty assignment gave the budding Diplomat just the push he needed. Life on the station kept the new Officer busy, but Neil always felt that something was missing; he wanted to be “out there”. He wanted to see more of the world beyond the walls of the station. Starbase 226 saw an important change to the young Officer’s life, one that would follow him throughout the rest of his career. It was here that Harrington met a young Security Officer named Greg Alein. While Alein and Harrington were polar opposites the two shared a mutual family background that seemed to cement their friendship. Even as careers and Star Fleet pulled them apart the two have kept in contact often referring to the other as the only family they have. So shortly after his third year on 226, Neil applied and was accepted to the USS Sysco as their Assistant Chief of Diplomacy.
The Sysco gave the young Officer more to deal with and introduced him to a great many things including his first taste in a Departmental Command position. This newfound authority was something Neil excelled at, just as he had in school, and now he wanted more. With things settling down on the Sysco, Neil soon found himself dating a member of the Security staff. However, neither Officer was able to give the budding relationship the push it needed; instead of focusing on their own careers rather than each other. While the chemistry was there, Neil couldn't bear the thought of hurting a fellow Officer. So he committed to focusing on his own career and applied for an immediate transfer to the position of Chief of Diplomacy on the newly built USS Oberon.
His first year aboard Oberon was eventful and life-changing having married fellow Officer Lucia Pineda; a Diplomatic Officer Neil had met at the Academy but never seriously dated. After six months of bantering back and forth, Neil officially asked her out on a date and the rest fell into place. The ship had allowed him to branch out and explore new opportunities. Over the next several years Neil’s life continued to change as his life advanced not only in rank but family size as well with 2388 seeing the birth of the couple’s daughter, Tess.
However, in 2389 everything changed. Assigned to a simple mission the Oberon crossed paths with a rogue Romulan vessel out to prove a name for herself and Neil Harrington’s life was forever changed. Finding most of the Command Staff dead or unable to perform their duties, Neil was thrust into the position of Executive Officer by the ship’s Commanding Officer. Driven by the goal of keeping his crew and ship together, Neil and the Oberon’s remaining staff forced their intruders off the vessel but not without heavy casualties. Neil, driven by a dedication to duty was forced to put the deaths of his fellow crew on the back burner while he guided his limping ship to the nearest Starbase. Hailed as heroes, the surviving members of the Oberon were debriefed and given a new ship, where Neil was permitted to keep his new position of XO. Even as the crew was attempting to move on, Neil was never able to put the events of Oberon behind him. The loss of so many life’s many of them young Officers who had just started out, has forever haunted Harrington. Realizing he could never put his family in that type of danger again, Neil started working on getting back to a station assignment.
In 2392, Neil was recognized for his work as the Executive Officer of the Oberon; he was assigned as Commanding Officer of the newly rebuilt Deep Space 7, a Stardock Station. Not only did Neil have his first command, but with his family by his side and safe, he knew that this was exactly what he wanted. Even though Neil’s life was falling into place; the man still has one regret. Since joining the Academy, Neil hasn’t spoken to his parents or seen any member of his family. Deep down Neil would like to work things out, but also knows after years of unspoken silence it is almost impossible. He hoped that after he had settled into his new position aboard the Deep Space 7 he would be able to start repairing his extended family. After assuming command of Deep Space 7, Neil was promoted to a full Commander. While overseeing DS7's first mission, a Diplomatic Conference on the station, Neil's wife was killed in an explosion. Going against what most expected, Neil opted to continue his command, vowing not to give up on the dream that both he and his wife shared. After six months of service aboard the station, Neil was promoted to Captain and assigned to Task Force 47 under the command of Commodore David Hawkins, in the Federation's Ninth Fleet. Not long after his promotion to Captain Neil saw the return of an old friend, Greg Alein. Alein had been assigned to the station after a failed career in Starfleet. With the recent death of his wife, Tess and Greg are truly the only family Neil has left; which has rekindled his desire to mend relationships with his parents if that is possible.
Not more than a year and a half after his assignment to the station, Neil's career took an unexpected twist with a transfer to the USS Roanoke after the Romulan attacks on Earth. With little answers, and more questions Neil took command of the Roanoke and a move to Task Force 72 in the 9th Fleet under the command of Major General MacTaryn. Sadly, less than a year under his belt as Commanding Officer of the Roanoke it was discovered that due to faulty engine upgrades the Roanoke would have to be decommissioned.
After a successful, yet classified mission to the planet Aeryan Prime, Neil was granted a permanent promotion to the rank of Commodore; following a field promotion during the Aeryan mission. Upon his return to his former home of Deep Space 7, Admiral Dorin Kulis assigned Neil to command the USS Nogura, a brand-new Sovereign Class vessel. At the same time, Neil was given the additional duties of Task Group Commanding Officer over the 9th Fleet's, 72-B Task Group. Over time Neil was appointed to the Executive Officer of Task Force 72, finally Task Force Commanding Officer, after the retirement of Admiral Farragut. Neil was appointed as his placement along with a promotion to Rear Admiral.
Harrington's time on the Nogura was short-lived, but perhaps some of the most life-changing events in his career. Harrington rekindled his relationship with a former girlfriend, Maurelle Valentine, who was assigned as his Executive Officer. Their relationship was complicated at best, but both were determined to make it work. Getting engaged soon after rekindling the two were thrust into action when the Nogura unexpectedly traveled to the Mirror Universe. Forced to make a terrible decision Neil left Valentine in the Mirror Universe believing her to be killed in action.
Sometime in 2396, Neil became engaged to his on and off again girlfriend, Adira Toril. Unknown to many, Adira was actually from the Mirror Universe and had assumed the identity of the Prime Universe's Adira after she had been murdered. Not long after his marriage to Toril, Neil took over guardianship of Mikky McKauley after the assumed death of his longtime friend Kenzie Skye. Later In 2396, Neil and his family were assigned to Starbase 50. Heading up the Task Force from Poseidon Station, Neil was charged with developing StarFleet's Diplomatic ties within the Aquil region of space while keeping an eye on their neighbors to the north, the Breen.
After some time, it was discovered that Neil had covered up several crimes during the Nogura's mission to the Mirror Universe. As a result, Neil was demoted to Captain and Tom Rice, who in a twist of events replaced Neil as Sector Commander. The fallout from Captain Harrington’s professional missteps continued as his marriage to Adira Toril was nullified after it was discovered that Adira was from the Mirror Universe; a fact that Harrington covered up.
Heading back to Starbase 50, or Poseidon Station as the locals refer to it, Neil assumed command of the station once more. He is currently attempting to navigate the waters of rebuilding his family and his reputation. In early 2397, Neil was ordered back to the Mirror Universe by the Department of Temporal Investigations to clean up the mess he'd previously caused two years prior.
|Service Record||2353 - Birth
2353-2371 - Childhood
2371-2374 - University of California, Berkeley Political Science Major
2374-2376 - Accelerated program with Star Fleet Academy
2376 - Graduated, Commissioned a Lieutenant JG
2376-2379 - Assigned Starbase 226, Diplomatic Officer
2379 - Assigned USS Sysco, Assistant Chief of Diplomacy
2380 - Promoted to Lieutenant
2381 - Assigned USS Oberon, Chief of Diplomacy
2382 - Married Lucia Pineda
2388 - Birth of Daughter, Teresita Elizabeth Harrington
2389 - Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
2389 - USS Oberon attacked by rogue Romulan faction.
2389 - Field Promotion to Executive Officer, USS Oberon
2392 - Assigned Commanding Officer, DS7
2392 - Promoted to Commander
2392 - Death of wife
2392 - Promoted to Captain
2393 - Assigned USS Roanoke, Commanding Officer
2394 - Assigned to the newly commissioned USS Nogura, Sovereign Class
2394 - Promoted to Commodore
2394 - Assigned Sector Commander, 72nd Task Force, 9th Fleet, promoted to Rear Admiral
2396 - Assigned Starbase 50 - Demoted to Captain
Medical Notes Neil's only real medical issue that has crept up over the years is a severe allergic reaction to strawberries. Other then that he is considered to be in perfect health.